- a sharp blow or smack, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
- a sound made by or as if by such a blow or smack: the slap of the waves against the dock.
- a sharply worded or sarcastic rebuke or comment.
- to strike sharply, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
- to bring (the hand, something flat, etc.) with a sharp blow against something.
- to dash or cast forcibly: He slapped the package against the wall.
- to put or place promptly and sometimes haphazardly (often followed by on): The officer slapped a ticket on the car. He slapped mustard on the sandwich.
- Informal. directly; straight; smack: The tug rammed slap into the side of the freighter.
- slap down,
- to subdue, especially by a blow or by force; suppress.
- to reject, oppose, or criticize sharply: to slap down dissenting voices.
- slap on the wrist, relatively mild criticism or censure: He got away with a slap on the wrist.
Origin of slap1
- (tr, adverb) informal to rebuke sharply, as for impertinence
- a sharp blow or smack, as with the open hand, something flat, etc
- the sound made by or as if by such a blow
- a sharp rebuke; reprimand
- a bit of slap and tickle or slap and tickle British informal sexual play
- a slap in the face an insult or rebuff
- a slap on the back congratulation
- a slap on the wrist a light punishment or reprimand
- (tr) to strike (a person or thing) sharply, as with the open hand or something flat
- (tr) to bring down (the hand, something flat, etc) sharply
- (when intr, usually foll by against) to strike (something) with or as if with a slap
- (tr) informal, mainly British to apply in large quantities, haphazardly, etcshe slapped butter on the bread
- slap on the back to congratulate
- exactly; directlyslap on time
- forcibly or abruptlyto fall slap on the floor
Word Origin and History for slap down
late 15c., "strike with the open hand," from slap (n.). As an adverb, 1670s, "suddenly;" 1829, "directly." Related: Slapped; slapping.
mid-15c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Low German slappe, German Schlappe. Figurative meaning "insult, reprimand" is attested from 1736. Slap-happy (1936) originally meant "punch-drunk." Slap on the wrist "very mild punishment" dates from 1914.
Idioms and Phrases with slap down
Restrain or correct emphatically, as in They thought he was getting far too arrogant and needed to be slapped down. This idiom, which literally means “inflict a physical blow,” began to be used figuratively in the first half of the 1900s.